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Q: identify specialist services relating to communication technology and aids
A: Communication Aids are anything that help a person to communicate with others. It could be paper based, like a letter board or it could be an electronic device, these are known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. [ Many AAC devices are symbol based, and some are text based. Some people use Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCA) these tend to be higher cost specialist
devices dedicated to communication which may have no computer functions available. They can include the Lightwriter, the Jive, Say-it-Sam, the M3, the Springboard Lite, Vantage Lite and Vanguard etc. AbilityNet do not advise on VOCA?s, but would strongly recommend contacting an appropriate organisation or supplier for an assessment, please see details at end of this factsheet. The success of any communication aid relies on the user, the family, school and speech and language service working together. Choosing an aid needs to involve the person who uses it and those who will support it; otherwise it can just end up confusing and frustrating the person trying to communicate. AbilityNet will advise on the use of simple static communication devices up to 8 cells as well as on computers, PDAs and mobile phones running communication software. We may be able to offer an assessment and loan equipment for people wanting to try these devices. We would recommend that the family, school, speech and language therapist be present at any assessment. Our main concern is to make sure that an individual has the right device to meet their needs. However, getting the correct equipment with the correct software, mounted in the correct place, controlled with a suitable method, will rarely be more than 40% of a solution. The rest, and in our opinion, the most important part of any given solution, is the personalisation, training, and ongoing support required to enable the user to deliver the conversation they require. ]
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User: contribute to identify the communication methods or aids that will best suit the individual??

User: identify specialist services relating to communication technology and aids

Weegy: Communication Aids are anything that help a person to communicate with others. It could be paper based, like a letter board or it could be an electronic device, these are known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. [ Many AAC devices are symbol based, and some are text based. Some people use Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCA) these tend to be higher cost specialist devices dedicated to communication which may have no computer functions available. They can include the Lightwriter, the Jive, Say-it-Sam, the M3, the Springboard Lite, Vantage Lite and Vanguard etc. AbilityNet do not advise on VOCA?s, but would strongly recommend contacting an appropriate organisation or supplier for an assessment, please see details at end of this factsheet. The success of any communication aid relies on the user, the family, school and speech and language service working together. Choosing an aid needs to involve the person who uses it and those who will support it; otherwise it can just end up confusing and frustrating the person trying to communicate. AbilityNet will advise on the use of simple static communication devices up to 8 cells as well as on computers, PDAs and mobile phones running communication software. We may be able to offer an assessment and loan equipment for people wanting to try these devices. We would recommend that the family, school, speech and language therapist be present at any assessment. Our main concern is to make sure that an individual has the right device to meet their needs. However, getting the correct equipment with the correct software, mounted in the correct place, controlled with a suitable method, will rarely be more than 40% of a solution. The rest, and in our opinion, the most important part of any given solution, is the personalisation, training, and ongoing support required to enable the user to deliver the conversation they require. ]
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User: describe type of support that an individual may need in order to use communication technology and aids?





Weegy: The support requied would be training regardless of the type of communication aid being used. Listed below are some aids in use (not exhaustive) Communication charts, books etc Words and symbols Speaking Communication aid. [ Briefly explained. In theory, even a speaking birthday card is a form of communication aid, but in practice the simplest speaking aids are sturdy battery-powered devices whose single message lasts for a few seconds and can be re-recorded as many times as needed by speaking into a microphone built into the unit. These straightforward aids are invaluable for passing messages and teaching cause & effect. In the picture above, a child is using a single-message device to join in the reading of a book that has a repeated phrase in its text. ]
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